- The Enterprise
- The Recorder
Alexis Smith's three-pointer early in the second quarter Friday night against Northern vaulted her into first place in Calvert County career basketball points, boys or girls.
Smith, who came into the game needing six points to tie and seven to break the record of 1,813, missed her first four field goals of the game but settled into a groove and finished the first period with five points.
With 50 seconds elapsed in the second quarter, Smith launched her record-breaking trey a few feet to the right of the top of the key and the ball swished through the twine, which brought the gymnasium to its feet.
"It's a great accomplishment," she said. All my hard work has paid off."
Smith was enveloped by her teammates and her accomplishment was announced over the public address system as she was presented the game ball.
She later did an impromptu dance and, just before play resumed, rushed to a corner of the gymnasium to embrace Frank Moore, who was her coach her freshman through junior seasons and is now the Northern boys head coach, and Sherisse Russell, who was an assistant at Calvert and is now an assistant to Moore at Northern.
"I was like, 'Wow,'" Calvert first year head coach Tim Contee said of watching Smith's monumental three. "It was almost surreal. I was almost speechless."
The previous record was held by former Patriot Jen Mitchell, who graduated in 1999. Mitchell, who never missed a game or practice, helped Northern to an overall record of 88-11 (55-1 SMAC) and three regional championships.
Smith, who is headed to Drexel University on a basketball scholarship, finished with a game-high 22 points to help the Cavaliers earn a 73-39 victory. Her now record total stands at 1,829.
Calvert 73, Northern 39
Northern 7 8 7 17
Calvert 22 23 15 13
Northern: Bailey 10, Holland 7, Miller 7, Cooke 6, Cross 5, Delamer 4
Calvert: Smith 22, Weems 17, Thomas 10, Butler 10, Gross 9, Graves 3, Gray 2
Free throws: Northern 9-11 (Bailey 3-3); Calvert 6-12 (Weems 4-4)
3-point goals: Northern 4 (Cooke 2, Bailey, Cross); Calvert 7 (Smith 3, Butler 2, Weems, Graves)